Knowledge is power, or that is at least how the saying goes. Now, in an ever interconnected world is tech is power. Through tech the world is at one’s fingertips. Today, I am concerned about the exploitation of this power through social media sites such as twitter. Unfortunately, people do not fully grasp the immense amount of power they control. Take for example the case against the Steubenville football players that we talked about in class. These kids practically incriminated themselves by tweeting and posting videos for the world to see. These kids provided the evidence used to convict them. The world is becoming less and less private andpeople need to use better judgment when using these social media hubs.
The other day I read about a woman named Adria Richards who utterly abused her right to be heard by many when she tweeted a picture of two men who were conducting themselves poorly at a conference for developers that use Python programming language. These men were making inappropriate sexual remarks and deserved to be reprimanded for them, but that did not give Richards the right to shame the men in a public forum like twitter for their comments.Ultimately, Richards and one of the men identified were fired by their employers for their actions. Richards probably did not understand the severity of her actions at the time and that is the problem. People just do not realize how large a net they cast when they are using these social media sites like twitter.
For all the reasons I have previously mentioned as to why it can be problematic, twitter also has many advantages. Like for example, how we are using it as a place for our class to communicate. If we have a problem we could so easily tweet at one of our TAs and get the question answered in no time. Twitter’sability to reach millions is incredibly useful. Just this past week when I was pulling my hair out over housing I was able to see all the housing options go right before my eyes by following BC Reslife on twitter. This ability to communicate with so many people so easily is something we have never experienced before and is being engraved into our lives.
Arguably, the people who benefit the most from twitter are small business owners. These business owners do not have the resources to market their business’ but twitter allows them to reach so many people who never would have known about the business. Twitter acts as a platform to allow thesesmall business owners to more personally market to potential costumers. The practicality of twitter is what makes it truly valuable. For example, a restaurant can tweet out specials and all those that enjoy eating at the restaurant would see them in their twitter feed. So, while a person goes on to twitter to read about how a friend is in awe after learning that a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable then the person would see the specials for the restaurant. Then whoknows, maybe a certain dish caught the person’s eye and now that person will be one more customer you will have tonight. The ability for small business to market themselves much more effectively evens the playing field and allows these smaller business to compete with the conventional powerhouses.
The purpose of my blog today was to take a closer look at technology and its ability to act as a double edges sword. If there is only one thing you take away from this blog let it be this….